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Comment Re:The first thing to come to my mind... (Score 1) 541

Trouble there is that you then have to deal with the shortcomings of the X Window system (just try talking to Jonathan Blow about that one) and then anticipating anything the user might have activated on the other end that might conflict with it. In theory, it's easy: in practice, it's highly complex to get it working on all Linux/BSD systems due to fragmented and variable configuration.

Comment Re:Free anti-virus with Internet service purchase! (Score 1) 577

AFAIK, it doesn't work on pirated Windows, nor does it work on Win2K.

So it doesn't work if:

  • the software is stolen (yes, I know this definition of piracy is moot, but still)
  • the OS you're using is ten years old and will cease to be supported in July

So that's still the vast majority of users covered for free. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

Comment Did *anyone* actually RTFA? (Score 1) 441

True, the App Store model is monopolistic and overall has rather nasty side effects, but the rejected description stated that the app had been a finalist in Android's developer challenge.

This information was simply irrelevant, because the Android app is a completely different beast to the iPhone OS one. It's like Microsoft advertising Office 2007 by saying that Office 5.1a for the Mac won an award, somewhere. True, it was probably inadvertent, but if I was browsing the synaptic repositories and came across the Skype package, I wouldn't want to know about how well it runs on AmigaOS.

Comment Re:Your logic is flawed. (Score 1) 467

They'll try, but eventually their software will plateau and stabilize into an Office suite that has all of the features anybody would ever want.

This is a very flawed way of thinking, because it fails to take into account the fact that expectations change. User requirements will change, as will operating environments, user expectations, communications protocols, hardware standards, standard formats, user interface standards, etc. etc.

In essence, you're wrong because as far as software goes, anything that plateaus and stands still will stagnate—and Microsoft are smart enough not to let that happen.

Comment Re:No, "compete" will involve bringing prices down (Score 1) 467

In fact,, in its present form, is pretty poor tech (there are many reasons for this, which I shan't quote here for the sake of brevity.)

BorgOffice is superior in practically every technical aspect. However, as Microsoft knows all too well, if the price is right, the sheep will flock to it, even if it is complete and utter shite.

Comment Re:Mod parent up (Score 1) 491

You definitely don't want grade crossings (or level crossings, or whatever you want to call them): then you get crashes like this and hair-raisingly near misses like this

As I understand it, it's not permitted to build new road/rail level crossings in the UK (and probably the rest of the EU, too) because they are simply too dangerous.

Comment Lockers? (Score 1) 438

Not taking sides on the actual case of not permitting laptops in the cinema, my local establishment (the Camberley Vue) has lockers, I believe, so that customers can dump their bags before entering. Maybe Cineworld would do well to implement a similar scheme, which would make the idea of not being permitted to take your notebook into the cinema far more palatable.

Submission + - Marge Simpson poses for Playboy (

caffiend666 writes: 'Marge Simpson poses for Playboy....the magazine is giving the star of "The Simpsons" the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a 2-page centerfold.' ... '"We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd," said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey.' ... Playboy even convinced 7-Eleven to carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than 20 years.

Submission + - Does Microsoft Complicate Licensing on Purpose? (

snydeq writes: "Recent remarks by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer suggest that Microsoft keeps its licensing complicated for a reason, and that it has no plans to make it any simpler in the foreseeable future. As Ballmer sees it, complicated licensing is a boon for some customers, allowing them 'to use the fine print to save themselves money.' IT, however, sees the matter differently — especially when it comes to Client Access Licenses (CALs), which some consider 'the most evil thing Microsoft has ever done.' Microsoft's licensing is unique in that it requires companies to purchase CALs for each employee who uses Microsoft's business software, in addition to whatever per-CPU pricing they pay for a piece of software. And for IT, knowing whether enough CALs have been purchased to keep from violating their Microsoft licensing agreement is daunting, analysts contend. The result? 'Customers end up buying more than they need, thus paying for licenses they aren't using.' The issue is certain to be further complicated by Microsoft's movement toward offering a mix of traditional software and hosted services."

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